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NHTSA — Air Bags: Frontal Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,470 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Acura TL seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Acura TL Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 232010

TL 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


My 2005 Acura TL is experiencing extreme cracking in the dash. The cracks are criss crossing over my passengers side airbag. I am afraid that the airbag will not work, prematurely deploy, or send bits and pieces of my dash flying at me if it did deploy correctly during a crash. This is a huge safety concern for me everytime I start my car and drive an hour to work and back each day.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #9

May 012011

TL 6-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
2 large cracks in dashboard directly over passenger airbag. Car is 6 years old and garage kept. Has only 46,000 miles. Acura builds airbag into the dash and that's exactly where the cracks are forming. Airbag light goes on and off. Worried that airbag can not possibly function as intended with these cracks. Dangerous and based on the number of complains Acura knows about it and won't do anything. At the very least they are using poor quality materials in their "luxury" cars.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 102010

TL 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I have a 2005 Acura TL that has several cracks across the passenger airbag. When I noticed this problem earlier this year I searched google for the problem and found some very displeasing news that this has happened to a lot of other Acura owners and Honda/Acura does not seem to care. For a luxury sports car with the luxury price that we all paid this is unacceptable. I love my car but this has devalued my car. The question is would I ever buy another Acura since they don't seem to care.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #7

Sep 302010


  • 65,000 miles


I own a 2005 Acura TL, and the dashboard, over the passenger airbag, is cracked. I contacted the dealership and spoke to a sales rep who advised that this is a problem in all of the "high temperature" areas of the U.S. and, Acura knows that this is an issue, and they are willing to pay a percentage of the cost of replacement, so long as the vehicle fits the criteria. My vehicle has been very well maintained, and this is not a "cosmetic" issue. My primary concern is that the passenger side airbag may deploy while I'm driving, and potentially cause a crash. Or, in the event that I am involved in the crash that the airbag may not work properly. I never imagined an issue like this would arise, and not be properly addressed by Acura. I am very disappointed.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 012010


  • 106,000 miles
2005 Acura TL dash seems to be very defective. The crack occurred over a months time. The crack is from the passenger windshield straight down over the passenger airbag. Estimated crack measures about 2cm wide. If you look at the crack and the other complaints regarding this we all have the same concern, which is the airbag. At some point the crack is going to continue to get larger, wider and will effect the passenger airbag if it is not directly affected now. I purchased this vehicle for my 16 year old daughter due to the safety it had such high ratings on. This crack would not be so much of a concern if located somewhere else on the dash, but again it is directly over the passenger airbag. If everyone else is having this crack in the exact same location, it is very concerning that something was not put together as it should be and it should be an obvious recall. We should not wait to see passengers getting killed due to malfunction airbags or due to the dash to fix this recall.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

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problem #5

Jul 162010


  • 104,000 miles
Significant crack in dashboard where passenger airbag is located. Started as a small crack but propagated to over 1 ft length within 48 hours. This appears to be a recurring issue for many Acura TL 2004-2005 models (and possibly other years). Fear is it could pose an airbag safety hazard by affecting the integrity and performance of the passenger airbag.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 142010


  • 51,700 miles


I own an Acura TL 3.2 2005 with 51,700 miles. This morning my dashboard cracked in 5 different places for no reason. There was no collision or vandalism involved. I am concerned for my safety as I do not know the consequences of the airbag deploying and the dashboard cracking and debris causing injury. Called Acura corporate and they claim is not a manufacturing defect (this issue has been reported by hundreds of people in various internet sites such as facebook) Acura prides themselves on car safety but at the same time they will not take responsibility on this issue.

- Hallandale , FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 132009


  • miles
I am happy that I am not alone with this hazardous problem. I own a 2005 Acura TL base and my dashboard where the airbag is suppose to deploy has cracks in it. It seems all 04-05 Acura TL models are starting to notice these cracks.

- Harvey, LA, USA

problem #2

May 202009


  • miles
Dashboard cracks 2-12 inches in length. Check airbag light comes on. Could cracks effect airbag deployment?

- Hallandale Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 312009


  • 72,000 miles
My 2005 Acura TL as well as my fiance's 2004 Acura TL have developed dashboard cracks in exactly the same places around the passenger airbag. I'm very concerned for the airbags exploding unexpectedly due to this as it seems pressure in the airbag is pushing up the dash. We've found numerous other TL owners having the same issue. Acura is reluctant to deal with the problem and quotes well in excess of $1000 just for the labor to fix a clearly defective part that may have serious safety implications.

- Estero, FL, USA

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